Sustainability Fellows: Homegrown Community Trainer

Expected Dates
February 11, 2019 to October 20, 2019
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden
Position ID
Homegrown is a Phipps program dedicated to increasing community access to fresh produce, promoting better food choices, and improving the overall health of families and children. Since its inception in 2013, Homegrown has installed over 235 raised-bed vegetable gardens at households in underserved neighborhoods and provided mentorship and resources to hundreds of community members.

The Homegrown Community Training Fellow will work with our Homegrown Community Outreach Coordinator, Garden Installation Coordinator, and seasonal Interns from February to October 2018. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

A. Participant Support and Outreach
a. Assist in early spring compost and seedling deliveries
b. Assist with garden installs and other work as needed
c. Assist with site visits prior to installation and follow-up garden check-ins, take photos and record information.
d. Represent Homegrown at various community events in Homewood; help with tabling, activities, outreach and recruitment.
e. Prepare materials for monthly gardening garden classes
f. Make monthly class reminder phone calls to participants.
g. Assist the Homegrown Installation Coordinator with seed starting and seedling care.
h. Assist with other program and organizational duties as needed.

B. Community Seed Starting

a. Oversee seed starting in early spring at the YMCA and Repair the World
b. Develop and strengthen community seed starting best practices and replicability by creating curriculum, education materials and protocols for community partners to improve program success and sustainability
c. Support, recruit, and encourage seed starting volunteers
d. Support the annual seedling sale and encourage more community involvement

C. Compost Program

a. Develop educational materials and training protocols to provide more comprehensive support for Homegrown gardeners who elect to compost
b. Support compost bin distribution and training

Candidates should have previous experience with hands-on landscaping or vegetable gardening, as well as experience with community outreach and education. This position is physically demanding and includes manual labor, including heavy lifting, kneeling, standing, and working outdoors in weather conditions. Clearances will be required.

Interviews will begin January 2019.

*2019 positions are contingent upon funding availability. 
The program manager will notify you if a position has been cancelled prior to interviews. You are encouraged to apply to alternate Sustainability Fellowship positions in this case.*

Compensation: $350/week living stipend (includes living, housing and commuting stipend), extensive training, Americorps Education Award, healthcare insurance, workers compensation, relocation support. Note: Stipends and allowances are subject to state, local and federal taxes.

Questions can be sent to Emily, SCA Central Program Manager, at [email protected]. Please do not email host organizations. Thanks!

  • The offices for Homegrown are located at Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Some work will be done at this location, as well as within
    the communities of Homewood, Lincoln – Lemington, Belmar, East Hills, Larimer and nearby communities. This position is physically demanding, including heavy lifting and working outdoors.
  • Extensive sustainability training.
  • Sustainability fellows gain significant professional experience through leadership roles in urban sustainability. 
Main Area of Focus
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
competent without supervision
Hand Tools
competent without supervision
Leadership Experience
competent without supervision
Community Engagement
competent with supervision
Plant Identification
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
some experience
Working with Children
competent without supervision